Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Painted armoire

We have a tv armoire that we were tired of the look of the whitewashed wood so I decided to paint it. I chose Bitter Chocolate by Behr paint in an eggshell finish from Home Depot. I used a foam roller recommended for very smooth finishes so it does not give an orange peel look consistent with other types of rollers. It took 3 coats of paint to achieve the depth of color I wanted. I used approximately 1 1/2 quarts of paint for the entire armoire. Next, I applied Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphaltum, a blackish colored glaze from Lowes. I applied it with a rag blotting and gently rubbing off the excess glaze. The glaze allows the brown paint to show through somewhat while it tends to settle into corners and molding of the wood giving it an aged look. Then I painted the hardware with silver spray paint using the same black antiquing glaze to knock off the shiny look of the silver paint making the handles look like forged iron.

This is the armoire before in the whitewashed look.

Inside of the armoire after the brown paint.

I applied one coat of the antiquing glaze which gave it the aged look I wanted.

The finished armoire now seems like a new piece of furniture for less than $40!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Best thrift store find ever!

Recently, I went to a nearby thrift store and I noticed a pan that I thought was a faux Le Creuset. Nevertheless, I was still interested. I pulled it down from the shelf and to my surprise it was indeed Le Creuset! I was carefully examining it and found it to be in nearly new, if not in brand new condition. My next surprise was to turn it over for the price. Yea! $5.99! I could not believe my eyes! On the Williams Sonoma website it sells for $175.00.

Wow, why on Earth would someone not want it? No scratches, chips, or wear of any kind.

That's ok, it has found a very appreciative home with me.

Of course, if my daughter wants it I will gladly pass it on to her because I know she will love it too.